When discussing Christ-centred Integration we acknowledge the concept is called by many different names. Some people prefer to call it Biblical Integration; some speak of Faith-based teaching with Jesus being central and others just use the concept of Christian Education.
Definition (for our purpose):
Christ-centred Education is the integration of faith in teaching and learning with Jesus Christ at the centre and the Bible as main resource of everything that is happening at a school (Educational Institute). Teaching from the heart to the head to the hand.
Driven by the above, a school can call itself Christ-centred when it is academic and spiritual realms are met and students change because of that.
ACSI Mission Statement:
ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
The model to go about living out ACSI’s mission statement is for teachers to equip students academically and spiritually through Christ-centred education.
Teachers are there to: equip a child
release the children
to help the children so that God’s purpose for their lives can be fulfilled and
to help the children to reach their full potential in Christ
Our Drive for Integration:
We have been called by God to equip and develop learners to become effective stewards, honouring and serving God with all that He has:
Placed within them (namely, their gifts and abilities).
Given to them (namely, their personal resources).
Placed around them (namely, resources available to the whole world).
Revealed to them (namely, all truth, knowledge and special revelation).
Jesus Christ our Teacher
Jesus equips us to teach:
“And Moses said to the sons of Israel, See, Jehovah has called … Bezaleel, ... He has filled him with the spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of work, … to make any kind of skilful work. And He has put in his heart that he may teach, …”
Ex 35;30 - 34
Jesus prepares us to teach:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:10
Jesus is our role model Teacher:
“People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said”.
"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Joh 13:13 – 15
Read more Opportunities and commissions:
“Let every detail in your lives--words, actions, whatever--be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way” Col 3:17 MSG
A Christ-centred education should never be forced, or false. It should be internally consistent, real and genuine – it should be authentic.
Our minds should be renewed – our thinking centred in Christ. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12:2
Christ-centred thinking informs us that one of the highest forms of worship is when we love the Lord with our whole mind. “… You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with … all your mind; …” Luk 10:27
A Christ-centred Model of integration (as presented by Chris Browne in Connecting Truth, Equipping students to reflect Christ beyond the walls): See Connecting Truth, Week 4.
A Christ-centred teacher:
A teacher is someone who is able to guide a child in such a way that what has been implanted in that child by God can be drawn out with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Such a child will then be able to reach his/her full potential in Christ.
Read more A Christ-centred teacher’s prayers:
“Father, Lord Jesus, what do You want the learners
to know about Yourself
through my subject and
the way I teach it?
Holy Spirit, please teach me and show me the way!”
The Learners we teach:
When you look at others with a mind toward evaluating them, think of what they can be, think of their potential, not just the performance of the present moment.”
A teachable moment
A teachable moment gives you the resource to make the Bible relevant to your learners today, right now, this very moment.
A teachable moment conveys the heart of God
Three ingredients are required:
A good relationship
A catalyst (content)
A Biblical truth
Teachable moments can be used to:
equip (in spiritual matters)
A teachable moment can be used as:
an intro to a lesson
a by the way;
a “commercial break”; or as
a lesson in itself.
We will look at 4 different categories of Lesson Plans:
Natural law fact: The Bible provides natural law facts that agree with man's discovered natural laws. These often relate to natural sciences involving creation
Moral law direction: The Bible provides a moral directive for the application of subject knowledge, often more applicable to human sciences. A worldview construct and template in African Occupation deals with this category, as well as to contextualise worldview and the purpose of Christian education from a Kingdom- and African perspective.
Character of God: The Bible provides overarching insights into the character of God. Christian Overman's template in African Occupation has this approach, often more applicable to natural sciences.
Object Lesson: Subject knowledge provides facts indirectly analogous to biblical truth
Adapted from: African Occupation, Gavin Brettenny
Read more Lesson Plan Templates:
Remember: Our overall purpose of Christ-centred education is to equip students to reflect Christ.
There is therefore no “one correct template” to be used to construct a Christ-centred integrated lesson.
Not all lessons should be integrated although we believe that “All Truth is God’s Truth”.
The following are examples (not at all an all exhaustive list) of templates that could be used.
Lesson Plan Examples:
ACSI schools and teachers shared their Christ-centred lesson plans with us.
“… There is no such thing as Christian education that is too academic” Riesen , 2004
When you look at others with a mind toward evaluating them, think of what they can be, think of their potential, not just the performance of the present moment.” Gordon MacDonald
ACSI Expected Outcomes
Spiritual Formation (SF)
Worldview Orientation (WV)
Skill Development (SD)
AT: Academic/Thinking—The intellectual development of students and the degree to which teaching includes higher level reflective, creative, analytical and synthetic activities.
WV: Worldview Orientation—The development of students orientation and foundational assumptions about life and the larger, philosophical issues upon which they approach and living in the world.
SF:SpiritualFormation—The development of apprentices of Jesus Christ and the degree to which living for the Kingdom is the central life task.
SD:Skills—The degree to which the development of particular skills prepares students for effective academic, general and vocational living and functioning.
A worldview refers to the beliefs or convictions upon which we base our understanding of the world around us. Our worldview functions as an “interpretive conceptual framework” that helps us to make sense of reality, but more importantly, determines our reaction to it. Behind all our decisions and actions, and behind our approach towards every issue in society, there is a particular worldview, whether we hold a worldview consciously or unconsciously. Ultimately, one’s worldview gives one a vision, a purpose, and a set of values for one’s life.
Spiritual Formation and Academics
Where a discipline (subject) has been impacted by sin, the truth must be revealed to reclaim the content.
The Christian School
Characteristics of a Christian (Christ-centered) School:
Dedicated with a passion to lead each and every child to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ
Why I’d Chose a Christian School Every Time by Ken Langley, Principal at The King’s School West Rand
I often get asked what families should look for when selecting a school for their child. Without mentioning specific schools, I always stress to parents to exercise a preference for a Christian school.
Here are 4 reasons why I think a Christian school beats all others most of the time:
Invitation to participate
ACSI SA would like to invite you to share your lesson plans with us so that we can through this media share it with other teachers.
Together we celebrate the creativity and passion of our Spirit-filled teachers!
Link to ACSI Dropbox will follow soon.
Philosophy of Christian Education Session 1: Truth -The Foundation4. Derek Keenen
Philosophy of Christian Education Session 2: Worldview, Derek Keenen
Philosophy of Christian Education Session 3: Philosophy, Derek Keenen
Philosophy of Christian Education Session 4: Authentic Christian Education - The Acid Tests, Derek Keenen
Biblical Integration Through Teaching Biblical Worldview (1 – 3), Robin Williamson
God’s fingerprint, Part I & II (YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSoSszHzziE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSwkSqTQRkc )